2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

WW editorial: Palestine will be free!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-08
Another horrific attack on the Palestinian population occurred over the May 4-5 weekend. Once again, the deaths include some of the most vulnerable — of a people who have already been made entirely vulnerable by decades of apartheid conditions, including routine starvation, imprisonment, unemployment. Once again, big business media played . . . | Continue reading WW editorial: Palestine will be free! at Workers.org
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Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or 'Left Secularism'
John Clarke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Western governments and the xenophobic far right are engaged in a veritable war on Muslims. One way in which this attack unfolds is an ongoing effort to force Muslims to embrace dominant 'values' and change their forms of dress or …
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Breaking Down Pompeo's Verbal Assault on Russia and China's Arctic Interests
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Global Research Editor's Note | The US transpolar territory is much smaller than that of Russia, Canada and Denmark. And in fact the US doesn't really have territories bordering the Arctic Ocean. In this regard, we have to distinguish between territories …
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Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
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Israel Won't Allow Activists During Eurovision
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Israel said that it will block activists from entering the country during the 64the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The country fears that the activists will protest the event to highlight Israel's treatment of Palestinians. | RELATED: | Roger Waters Urges Madonna Not to 'Normalize Apartheid' by Playing at Eurovision in Israel | Israel is hosting this year's contest because Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 contest. The semifinals of Eurovisio…
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Venezuela Top Court Orders Prosecution of Lawmakers Over Coup
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela, found guilty seven opposition lawmakers of the Venezuelan National Assembly, which has been in contampt oif that very court since 2016, for illicit activity linked to treason, conspiracy, instigation for civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, and public instigation for disobedience of the laws, after their participation in the attempted coup on April 30. | Henry Ramos Allup, Luis Germán Florido, Marianela Magallanes López, José Simón Calzadilla Peraza, Andrés Enrique Delgado Velázquez, Amerigo De Grazia and Richard José Blanco Delgado…
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#MeToo India: Top Judge Cleared of Sexual Harassment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Dozens of protesters gathered outside India's Supreme Court Tuesday, a day after a panel of judges dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against the chief justice, carrying placards demanding a new and impartial investigation. | RELATED: | #MeToo Pakistan: Women Slam Dismissal of Assault Case Against Singer | A former court assistant accused Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi of having made unwanted sexual advances last year, the most high-profile case in a wave of…
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Reuters Journalists Jailed for Reporting on Rohingyas, Freed
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. | RELATED: | Rohingya Women Request ICC Probe Into Genocide | The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail in a case that stained Myanmar's progress toward democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and h…
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Sanders Campaign Unveils 'Gold-Standard' Blueprint for Combating Sexual Harassment and Discrimination on 2020 Campaign
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
Four months after meeting with former staffers to discuss their experiences while working on his 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled new guidelines that his 2020 team will follow to combat inequality, discrimination, and sexual harassment on his campaign. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools
Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.
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SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans
Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.
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After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
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After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with f…
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Voting rights for prisoners and the gasp heard 'round the world
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-07
At a recent CNN town hall, reporter Anderson Cooper asked the up-and-coming Democratic candidate "Mayor Pete" Buttigieg if he supported the rights of incarcerated people to vote. His response that he did not inspire cheers and applause from the mostly white audience, while the lone expression of dissent was an audible gasp from Kenya Hunter, …
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Chicago now has a monument to a Holocaust accomplice, so where is the anti-Semitism outrage?
rt.com | 2019-05-07
A new war memorial in Chicago honors a Lithuanian anti-Soviet fighter, who is also credibly accused of playing a part in the Nazis' extermination of Jews in the Baltic state. It was hardly noticed by US anti-Semitism watchdogs. | …
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Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
Wendy Abrams has used her wealth to help protect the environment and public health. She's the founder of a public art exhibit meant to raise awareness on climate change, serves on the board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has been on the boards of the NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council. She helped found the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chica…
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Antisemitism and Relating to Others: Why Tolerance Isn't Enough
Doug Allen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
Although the focus of this essay is on Jewish experiences and Jewish responses, other religious and secular readers concerned about responding to so much hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice today can easily transform my wordings into their own contextualized terms. Most of our responses to hatred, bigotry, antisemitism…
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Getting It Right on Immigration
Andrew Moss | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we'll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We'll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role…
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The growth of popular democracy
Graham Peebles | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-07
In 1975 just 46 countries were considered to be electoral democracies; forty years later, according to The Global State of Democracy report 2017, the number had risen to 132, accounting for 68% of nations. The bulk of the increase occurred after 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union and what was to be the beginning of the global protest movement. While staging general elections every five years or so is an important step away from the autocratic alternative, unless democratic values are embraced and introduced, true democracy remains little more than a slogan, social injustice and suppression in vari…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/07/the-growth…

Bolivia Seized 434 Smuggled Vehicles until April
plenglish.com | 2019-05-07
La Paz, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Anti-smuggling operations carried out by Bolivia"s Joint Task Force in sectors bordering Chile and Peru seized in late April about 434 vehicles with illegal merchandise and incinerated 51, according to local media.
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One Thousand 600 Indigenous Were Displaced in Chocó, Colombia
plenglish.com | 2019-05-07
Bogota, May 7 (Prensa Latina) More than 1,600 Wounnan and Embera indigenous people from the communities that inhabit the Colombian Choco had to travel through heavy armed combat, the UNHCR said today. The United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) urged the implementation of protection measures and immediate humanitarian assistance to the indigenous peoples of the department of Chocó, especially in the border area with Panama.
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Democrats line up behind Trump's war on immigrants
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Syria Testimonies: A Mother's Brave Testimony after Martyrdom of Her Son, Majed, 4th April 2019
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
During my most recent trip to Mhardeh and Al Suqalibiyah– Syrian Christian towns bordering international terrorism — I interviewed the families of two martyrs, murdered by a Nusra Front rocket on the 4th April 2019. | I was profoundly affected …
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Twitter liberals blast Trump for retweeting 'white power' emoji. Because 2019
rt.com | 2019-05-06
After President Donald Trump retweeted a slew of posts from right-wingers banned from Facebook, Twitter's moral majority were outraged — accusing the president of spreading white supremacist messages…with emojis. | …
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Citizenship Question Could Invalidate 2020 Census
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
Immigration activist Attorney Andrea Senteno analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court's hearing on including a citizenship question on the 2020 census…
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Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-06
Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020…
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NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-06
Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …
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Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …
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Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons
splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama's prisoners "horrendously inadequate," the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC's long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.
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Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement
splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/06/internet-c…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.
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Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced By CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
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The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…
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Julian Assange: An Opportunity for the US and the UK to Change Direction on Press Freedom
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-06
May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The annual observance usually focuses on the World Press Freedom Index published each year by Reporters without Borders. Break out the champagne! The United States ranked 48th of 179 countries this year, falling three places from 2018. A day earlier, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in…
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April 2019 — geopolitical events
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-05
Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …
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Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-05
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.
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May Day march and rally in Boyle Heights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-05
Los Angeles, CA – On the afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day, Boyle Heights families, workers and students protested the Trump anti-immigrant attacks and raised the demand "Legalization for all" and "No Wall on the Mexico border!" | The lead banner, with the red flag of Aztlan, called for fighting Trump. The organizers called for self-determination for Chicanos in Aztlan, the U.S. Southwest. The fifth annual May Day in Boyle Heights united hundreds of poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers, mostly Chicanos. Among the demands were respect and equality for Chicanos and Central America…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/5/ma…

Racist attack is cover for police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-04
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/4/ra…

Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism
Brian Perez-Canto | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-04
In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.
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Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-04
Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…
therealnews.com/stories/guilt-by-associa…

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deat…

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…
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Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/04/weekend-re…

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.
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Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
liberationnews.org/proposed-new-census-q…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best
Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.
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Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/03/anti-…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."
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What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America
aclu.org | 2019-05-03
For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…
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